Self-taught artist and educator Tiffany B Chanel is driven by passion and purpose. Through her kaleidoscopic portraiture, she depicts pop icons and everyday people with unapologetic vibrancy, and aims illuminate the inner beauty within each of her subjects. Encased within a lush colorscape, Tiffany refashions faces into a painterly jigsaw visage. Each portrait unearths a hidden map to the metaphysical workings of an individual soul. She is inspired by faces, and aims to make the subject come alive on canvas, conveying a degree of realism forcing the viewer to be moved by feeling.
Initially, Tiffany began her artistic career in 2012 designing custom-painted sneakers, before shifting her focus toward fine art portraiture. After an instagram repost by Tamara Mowry resulted in one of her works going viral, Tiffany garnered the attention of numerous collectors and immersed herself in New York’s gallery scene.
Based out of her Bedford Stuyvesant in-home studio (Studio 422), Tiffany leads monthly “Beyond the Layout” paint-and-sip sessions and is hired by local nonprofits, churches, and schools to facilitate professional development classes for children and adults.
Works have been commissioned for celebrities Aisha Hinds, DJ D-Nice, Ava DuVernay and Pam Oliver, as well as brand names such as ESPN and cultural tastemakers including Carol’s Daughter CEO Lisa Price. Her artwork has been featured in The Guardian, Essence, Afropunk, and News 12.
“ My goal in life is to create art that will outlive me and impact many people around the world.”
– Tiffany B Chanel